Time Management: The Compulsive Talker

How To Interrupt A Non-stop Talker  By Gene Griessman

Gene Griessman

Memorize power phrases, power statements, and power questions  to help you get off the phone or interrupt non-stop talkers.

If the other person goes on and on, one way to interrupt is to wait until the individual breathes. Even the most long-winded talker has to breathe. Then say the person’s name, followed by a comment such as, “Susan…I’m sorry to interrupt, but I’ve got a call coming in that I can’t afford to miss. Let me get right back to you.”

A friend of mine says simply, “Can I call you right back?” She doesn’t explain why, leaving it to the other person to think that perhaps the doorbell rang or there was an emergency.

One of my friends, who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons, has a toy phone with a real-sounding ring that he keeps on his desk. When a caller goes on too long, he presses it and says, “Sorry, I’ve got to catch that.”

Another excellent way to end a conversation is to say, “I’d better let you go.” This indicates that you are respectful of the other person’s time while accomplishing your own goal of getting off the line.

There’s an entire chapter devoted to how to defend yourself against time thieves in the best-seller TIME TACTICS OF VERY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

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–Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “The Words Lincoln Lived By” is in its 25th printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225.

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